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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214926/role-of-serum-level-and-genetic-variation-of-il-28b-in-interferon-responsiveness-and-advanced-liver-disease-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-patients
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Abdolvahab Alborzi, Tayebeh Hashempour, Javad Moayedi, Zahra Musavi, Gholamreza Pouladfar, Shahin Merat
Interleukin-28B (IL-28B) is suspected to be associated with response to treatment and one of the basic immunological backgrounds in liver transplant candidate (LTC). We aimed to assess whether genotypes of IL-28B can play a role in therapeutic response or advanced stages of liver disease. A total of 364 subjects were genotyped for IL-28B rs12979860 and rs8099917 SNPs using PCR-RFLP assay. Moreover, IL-28 serum level, HCV loads, and genotype were performed. A significant increase was observed in the frequencies of unfavorable rs12979860 genotypes/CT + TT in the chronic hepatitis C (CHC) and LTC groups...
February 18, 2017: Medical Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214553/mimicking-oxygen-delivery-and-waste-removal-functions-of-blood
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Huaifa Zhang, Jake E Barralet
In addition to immunological and wound healing cell and platelet delivery, ion stasis and nutrient supply, blood delivers oxygen to cells and tissues and removes metabolic wastes. For decades researchers have been trying to develop approaches that mimic these two immediately vital functions of blood. Oxygen is crucial for the long-term survival of tissues and cells in vertebrates. Hypoxia (oxygen deficiency) and even at times anoxia (absence of oxygen) can occur during organ preservation, organ and cell transplantation, wound healing, in tumors and engineering of tissues...
February 15, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212158/an-integrated-understanding-of-the-immunology-of-allograft-inflammation
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Brenna Houlihan, Priscilla Cha, Michael Zasloff, Thomas M Fishbein, Alexander Kroemer
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to summarize recent advances in our understanding of the complex immunology of intestinal transplantation and allograft rejection. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent findings highlight the importance of the intestinal microbiome for intestinal homeostasis and the role of newly discovered innate lymphoid cells in intestinal transplantation. In addition, the role of host antimicrobial Th17 responses in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel diseases and intestinal allograft rejection has been further elucidated...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212150/desensitization-strategies-in-the-patient-awaiting-heart-transplantation
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David H Chang, Jon A Kobashigawa
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this review is to discuss the impact of antibody sensitization on heart transplant recipients. RECENT FINDINGS: We will discuss the current state of antibody identification, antibody strength and potential antibody pathogenicity. The prevalence of antibody sensitization has increased with increased utilization of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). Data on MCS-related antibody sensitization are reviewed. Important considerations to minimize the prozone effect in antibody testing will be discussed...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211034/infectious-complications-as-the-leading-cause-of-death-after-kidney-transplantation-analysis-of-more-than-10-000-transplants-from-a-single-center
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Flávio de Castro Rodrigues Ferreira, Marina Pontello Cristelli, Mayara Ivani Paula, Henrique Proença, Claudia Rosso Felipe, Helio Tedesco-Silva, José Osmar Medina-Pestana
AIM: To identify specific causes of graft failure in a large sample of kidney transplant patients from a middle-income, developing country. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study analyzing all consecutive single kidney transplants (KTs) performed at a single center in Brazil between January 1st 1998 and December 31st 2013. The database closing date was December 31st 2014. RESULTS: Out of 10,400 KTs, there were 1191 (11.45%) deaths with a functioning graft, 40 cases (0...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210842/uric-acid-as-a-novel-biomarker-for-bone-marrow-function-and-incipient-hematopoietic-reconstitution-after-aplasia-in-patients-with-hematologic-malignancies
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Sebastian P Haen, Vicky Eyb, Nora Mirza, Aline Naumann, Andreas Peter, Markus W Löffler, Christoph Faul, Wichard Vogel, Wolfgang A Bethge, Hans-Georg Rammensee, Lothar Kanz, Martin Heni
PURPOSE: Prolonged aplasia and graft failure (GF) represent life-threatening complications after hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) requiring suitable biomarkers for early detection and differentiation between GF and poor graft function (PGF). Uric acid (UA) is a strong immunological danger signal. METHODS: Laboratory results were analyzed from patients undergoing either allogeneic or autologous HCT or induction chemotherapy for acute leukemia (n = 50 per group, n = 150 total)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207630/clinical-trials-for-immunosuppression-in-transplantation-the-case-for-reform-and-change-in-direction
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Philip J O'Connell, Dirk Kuypers, Roslyn R Mannon, Michael Abecassis, Stephen Chadban, John S Gill, Barbara Murphy, Peter W Nickerson, Jesse D Schold, Peter Stock, Daniel Seron, Rita Alloway, Jonathan Bromberg, Klemens Budde, Stanley Jordan, Christophe Legendre, Carmen Lefaucheur, Minnie Sarwall, Dorry Segev, Mark D Stegall, Stefan G Tullius, Germaine Wong, E Steve Woodle, Nancy Ascher, Randall E Morris
Currently trials of immunosuppression in transplantation are in decline because their objectives remain focused on improving acute rejection rates and graft survival in the first 12 months. With 1 year renal graft survival rates of greater than 90% the best that can be hoped for is noninferiority trial outcomes compared to current standard of care. Current trial design is not leading to novel therapies improving long term outcomes and safety, and hence important unmet clinical needs in transplantation remain unanswered...
February 15, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202613/the-activating-human-nk-cell-receptor-kir2ds2-recognizes-a-%C3%AE-2-microglobulin-independent-ligand-on-cancer-cells
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Lavanya Thiruchelvam-Kyle, Sigurd E Hoelsbrekken, Per C Saether, Elisabeth Gyllensten Bjørnsen, Daniela Pende, Sigbjørn Fossum, Michael R Daws, Erik Dissen
The functions of activating members of the killer cell Ig-like receptor (KIR) family are not fully understood, as the ligands for these receptors are largely unidentified. In this study, we report that KIR2DS2 reporter cells recognize a ligand expressed by cancer cell lines. All cancer targets recognized by KIR2DS2 were also recognized by KIR2DL2 and KIR2DL3 reporters. Trogocytosis of membrane proteins from the cancer targets was observed with responding reporter cells, indicating the formation of KIR2DS2 ligand-specific immunological synapses...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201977/targeting-the-immune-niche-within-the-bone-marrow-microenvironment-the-rise-of-immunotherapy-in-multiple-myeloma
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Klaus Podar, D Jäger
Multiple Myeloma (MM) cells inhibit the development of an effective anti-MM immune response via defects in T cell function, ineffective antigen presentation; reduced phagocytic capacity; natural killer and dendritic cell dysfunction; decreased responsiveness to IL-2 and defects in B cell immunity; upregulation of inhibitory pathways; and production of excessive pro-inflammatory cytokines. Moreover, immune cells including plasmacytoid dendritic cells and macrophages trigger tumor cell proliferation, survival, and drug resistance...
February 13, 2017: Current Cancer Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201850/novel-treatment-strategies-for-primary-biliary-cholangitis
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Albert Parés
Despite the presumed immunological pathogenesis of primary biliary cholangitis, no clear or even harmful consequences have resulted from treatments designed to modify the immunological condition. Ursodeoxycholic acid (13-16 mg/kg/d) has, however, clear favorable effects that not only improve biochemical cholestasis, but also delay histological progression. Long-term treatment with ursodeoxycholic acid is associated with excellent transplant-free survival in cases showing a biochemical response at 1 year. Data on the effects of obeticholic acid and fibrates are encouraging...
February 2017: Seminars in Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198768/long-term-follow-up-of-humoral-immune-status-in-adult-lung-transplant-recipients
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Diana A van Kessel, Thijs W Hoffman, Johanna M Kwakkel-van Erp, Erik-Jan D Oudijk, Pieter Zanen, Ger T Rijkers, Jan C Grutters
BACKGROUND: Lung transplant recipients have an increased risk for infections in the posttransplant period due to immunosuppressive therapy. Protection against infections can be achieved through vaccination, but the optimal vaccination schedule in lung transplant recipients is unknown. Data on long-term immunological follow up and vaccination responses after lung transplantation are scarce. METHODS: Here we present long-term immunological follow up of a cohort of 55 lung transplant recipients...
February 14, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194057/clinical-characteristics-and-prognosis-of-167-cases-of-acute-erythroleukemia
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Zhi-Qiang Ma, Ji-Hong Pan, Da-Xin Jing, Chong-Yan Xu
To observe the biological characteristic and the prognoses in patients with acute erythroleukemia (AEL). The results of 167 patients with newly diagnosed AEL, from January 2004 and June 2014 in the department of Hematology, Shandong Province Chinese Medicine Hospital, were reviewed by morphology, immunology, cytogenetics, molecular biology. Flow cytometry analysis indicated that CD13 (96.1 %), CD33 (95.1 %), CD117 (87.4 %) and CD34 (79.4 %) were highly expressed in AEL. 56 of 148 (37.8 %) AEL patients had a variety of cytogenetic abnormalities, 27 of 148 (18...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Hematology & Blood Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188592/redirecting-reproductive-immunology-research-toward-pregnancy-as-a-period-of-temporary-immune-tolerance
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Norbert Gleicher, Vitaly A Kushnir, David H Barad
Referring to two recent publications, we here propose that clinical reproductive immunology has for decades stagnated because reproductive medicine, including assisted reproduction (AR), has failed to accept embryo implantation as an immune system-driven process, dependent on establishment of maternal tolerance toward the implanting fetal semi-allograft (and complete allograft in cases of oocyte donation). Pregnancy represents a biologically unique period of temporary (to the period of gestation restricted) tolerance, otherwise only known in association with parasitic infections...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186688/mechanisms-of-tolerance-induction-by-hematopoietic-chimerism-the-immune-perspective
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EDITORIAL
Esma S Yolcu, Haval Shirwan, Nadir Askenasy
Hematopoietic chimerism is one of the effective approaches to induce tolerance to donor-derived tissue and organ grafts without administration of life-long immunosuppressive therapy. Although experimental efforts to develop such regimens have been ongoing for decades, substantial cumulative toxicity of combined hematopoietic and tissue transplants precludes wide clinical implementation. Tolerance is an active immunological process that includes both peripheral and central mechanisms of mutual education of coresident donor and host immune systems...
January 3, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186681/skin-derived-precursors-as-a-source-of-progenitors-for-corneal-endothelial-regeneration
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Emi Inagaki, Shin Hatou, Kazunari Higa, Satoru Yoshida, Shinsuke Shibata, Hideyuki Okano, Kazuo Tsubota, Shigeto Shimmura
Corneal blindness is the fourth leading cause of blindness in the world. Current treatment is allogenic corneal transplantation, which is limited by shortage of donors and immunological rejection. Skin-derived precursors (SKPs) are postnatal stem cells, which are self-renewing, multipotent precursors that can be isolated and expanded from the dermis. Facial skin may therefore be an accessible autologous source of neural crest derived cells. SKPs were isolated from facial skin of Wnt1-Cre/Floxed EGFP mouse. After inducing differentiation with medium containing retinoic acid and GSK 3-β inhibitor, SKPs formed polygonal corneal endothelial-like cells (sTECE)...
February 6, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185252/diagnostic-dilemmas-in-hlh-can-t-cell-phenotyping-help
#16
Rebecca A Marsh
The diagnosis of hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) can be a difficult one, and the distinction between primary versus secondary HLH can be particularly challenging during the early stages of diagnosis. This distinction is important to make as primary HLH requires allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation for a definitive cure. Flow cytometric screening tests for many of the genetic forms of HLH are available. However, not all patients with primary HLH are captured by these screening tests, due to the fact that no screening test is 100% sensitive, and additionally, some patients with "primary" forms of HLH may have mutations in genes which are yet to be discovered...
February 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180000/haematopoietic-stem-cells-past-present-and-future
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REVIEW
Ashley P Ng, Warren S Alexander
The discovery and characterisation of haematopoietic stem cells has required decades of research. The identification of adult bone marrow as a source of haematopoietic cells capable of protecting an organism from otherwise lethal irradiation led to the intense search for their identity and characteristics. Using functional assays along with evolving techniques for isolation of haematopoietic cells, haematopoietic stem cell populations were able to be enriched and their characteristics analysed. The key haematopoietic stem cell characteristics of pluripotentiality and the ability for self-renewal have emerged as characteristics of several haematopoietic stem cell populations, including those that have recently challenged the conventional concepts of the haematopoietic hierarchy...
2017: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176480/de-novo-thrombotic-microangiopathy-following-simultaneous-pancreas-and-kidney-transplantation-managed-with-eculizumab
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REVIEW
Lani Shochet, John Kanellis, Ian Simpson, Joseph Ta, William Mulley
Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) is a well-recognised complication following transplantation, often due to an underlying genetic predisposition, medications or rejection. The use of eculizumab in these settings has been previously described, but its role still remains to be clarified. A 45-year-old man, with a history of type 1 diabetes mellitus and subsequent end-stage kidney failure, presented for a simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplant. Immunologically, he was well matched with the donor, and he received standard induction immunosuppression including tacrolimus...
February 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168821/metrics-and-data-analysis-in-transplantation-quality-improvement-via-transparency
#19
EDITORIAL
J A Fishman
Transparency in clinical data has been identified as a driver of improved clinical outcomes in transplantation by many including Porter (1). Transparency in this context includes the broad availability of outcomes data including clinical outcomes adjusted for risk, the costs of care, and the experience of the center in providing those services - as a basis for comparing the "value" of healthcare services at various clinical centers. At the same time, and perhaps of greater importance, dramatic advances in transplant immunology and immunosuppression, microbiologic diagnosis and therapy, surgical techniques, organ procurement and allocation, and in clinical management of complex patients have been major drivers of improved transplant outcomes...
February 6, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167152/the-prognostic-limitations-of-donor-t-cell-chimerism-after-myeloablative-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation-for-acute-myeloid-leukemia-and-myelodysplastic-syndromes
#20
Eric Wong, Kate Mason, Jenny Collins, Barbara Hockridge, Janis Boyd, Alexandra Gorelik, Jeffrey Szer, David S Ritchie
Donor T-cell chimerism is associated with relapse outcomes after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT) for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). However, measures of statistical association do not adequately assess the performance of a prognostic biomarker, which is best characterized by its sensitivity and specificity for the chosen outcome. We analyzed donor T-cell chimerism results at day 100 (D100chim) after myeloablative alloSCT for AML or MDS in 103 patients, and determined its sensitivity and specificity for relapse free survival at 6 months (RFS6) and 12 months (RFS12) post-alloSCT...
February 3, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
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